Dayton Declares State of Emergency in 36 Counties, 1 Tribal Nation Due to Flooding

July 05, 2018 08:12 PM

Gov. Mark Dayton has declared a state of emergency in 36 Minnesota counties and the Red Lake Reservation in response to significant flooding.

A release states from the Department of Public Safety said the declaration directs all state agencies to provide assistance to local and state entities in response to the continuing weather event.

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It also paves the way for the Department of Public Safety Homeland Security and Emergency Management division to submit a request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to conduct a preliminary damage assessment.

It also allows FEMA to determine if the damage exceeds Minnesota's federal disaster threshold of $7.7 million.

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The National Weather Service said the Cottonwood River crested at 32.68 feet Wednesday morning, just under the record of 32.89 feet set in 2010.

The river is starting to recede in Lamberton, but it's been rising rapidly in New Ulm, where it has already reached major flood stage. New Ulm police said they are preparing for the river to crest Friday.

Brown County officials evacuated residents of an apartment complex in Springfield because of rapidly rising water, the Associated Press reported.

RELATED: River in Southwestern Minn. Nears Record Flood Levels

The NWS said both the Redwood and Cottonwood Rivers continue to run high after heavy rainfall earlier this week.

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High water has already damaged roads in the city as well as the surrounding areas of Wabasso and Redwood Falls. Crops are underwater and roads have washed out in those areas.

The Associated Press contributed to this story

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